I came across this question in the later answers review queue. Since it was a link only answer, I chose to flag as very low quality.

Then I got this message:

STOP! Look and Listen.

This was an audit, designed to see if you were paying attention. You didn't pass. This answer was of very poor quality, and needed significant improvements to be useful – passing over such posts hurts the ability of others to find and answer good questions. Please try to fix such posts by editing, downvoting, closing, or flagging as "very low quality".

Don't worry, we've already handled this post appropriately – but please take a minute to look it over closely, keeping in mind the guidance above.

This suggests flagging as very low quality is one of the acceptable responses, which is what I did. So why did I fail the audit?

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    According to my view, you have voted "No action needed", which would trigger a review fail.
    – Sven
    Jul 9, 2016 at 12:00
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    @Sven I certainly did flag as very low quality.
    – kasperd
    Jul 9, 2016 at 12:27
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    @Sven I guess the question then is, why did it not register that I flagged the post? I know for a fact that I did chose to flag as very low quality.
    – kasperd
    Jul 9, 2016 at 13:04
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    I hate audit reviews. I particularly hate the "Please take a minute to think about the bad thing you've done" text. :P Jul 9, 2016 at 14:03
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    I am not sure but what might be the issues is that you flagged it instead of voting (up/down/close), commenting or editing. From what I understood from various meta.se questions I just googled, flagging instead of those other actions will register this as "no action needed" and fail the audit. Just one more reason why I stopped reviewing - the system is broken beyond repair, and that awful patronizing text is just the tip of the iceberg @KatherineVillyard. (Oh, and I can migrate this to meta.se for bugreporting if you like).
    – Sven
    Jul 9, 2016 at 14:39
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    As of recently, flagging does not work in FP/NA audits and you need to do something else. Never click No Action Needed if action is needed, by you or by anyone. Jul 9, 2016 at 15:58
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    Audits are a waste of a good reviewers time
    – user147520
    Jul 9, 2016 at 17:41
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    @Iain if audits catch even 1 out of 10 robo reviewers and stopping them, it's worth that wasted time, in my opinion. Jul 9, 2016 at 17:46
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    @ShadowWizard I deliberately said good reviewers for a reason. Kasperd is demonstrably a good reviewer on SF (where the incident happened).
    – user147520
    Jul 9, 2016 at 18:01
  • @Iain never implied OP here isn't a good reviewer, but that the audits are needed for the bad reviewers, and in my opinion the price (waste of time, failing some by mistake) is worth it. Jul 9, 2016 at 19:09
  • Happened to me too; very discouraging :(
    – Will
    Jul 9, 2016 at 19:31
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    @Iain what on earth are you blabbering about? If you got nothing to say don't say. Jul 10, 2016 at 4:33
  • @ShadowWizard exactly my point !
    – user147520
    Jul 10, 2016 at 4:36
  • @kasperd This could very well be an issue, I've faced it twice. See Nathan's thread
    – Pirate X
    Jul 11, 2016 at 22:19
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    but that the audits are needed for the bad reviewers, and in my opinion the price (waste of time, failing some by mistake) is worth it -- that's your opinon, and welcome to it you are of course. However: I've chosen to debug the huge fail in the review process by not bothering with it any more. As the good reviewers (if I may be permitted to flatter myself as well as @kasperd) burn out on this kind of rubbish only the bad reviewers will be left.
    – Rob Moir
    Jul 12, 2016 at 20:22

2 Answers 2


This happened to me too. Well, twice actually.

While my first linked answer applies in its entirety here, as a summary there are just a few things that are very important:

  • This is a bug (hacking the HTML doesn't help)
  • Do NOT use custom mod flags (although this will enable "I'm done"). It's a related bug, but the mod flags will go through for real.
  • Instead, try to leave a comment. Or maybe down vote. This is the best way to pass audits like this.

I know it's not ideal, but they are going to fix this soon, since it's a big issue for reviews and moderators.

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    Yeah... something's wrong here. We're looking into it.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Jul 12, 2016 at 2:26
  • Except that you can't tell whether it's an audit or not, usually, which is kinda the point.
    – Mithical
    Jul 14, 2016 at 1:24

This was my fault and should be fixed now. I posted some more details here.

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